Delia Locke


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June 11. Monday. At school today, as the boys were playing at a game of ball, David Bruce got his head hurt with a bat-stick. It was cut quite badly. Dr. was gone to Stockton, so Josiah. The teacher came over at noon and dressed it, and dined here. (T.S.R. 51. 2 P.M. 76. S.S. 58.) June 12. Tuesday. The Big Tree Party have returned, and report a pleasant trip. It must have been warmer weather where they were than we have had, or they could not have much enjoyed the ride. (T.S.R. 48. 2 P.M. 81. S.S. 67.) June 13. Wednesday. (T.S.R. 52. 2 P.M. 87. S.S. 72.) June. 14. Thursday. Josiah came with Eliza Simpson and Grace Chisholm after school, and Eliza had two teeth extracted and Grace one. Mrs. Hoxie called, and did not feel backward about expressing her opinion on the subject, no more so than usual. (T.S.R. 55. 2 P.M. 91. S.S. 78.) June 15. Friday. I have been helping the Dr. today to look over the store accounts, so that he can, if possible get a settlement with Grandpa Locke. He is growing so childish, and makes so many mistakes, that he is not fit for business. Summer has now commenced. (T.S.R. 58. 2 P.M. 94. S.S. 81.) June 16. Saturday. We learn, by letter, that Bro. Franklin is now a Father. He had a little daughter born on the 17th of May. He is forty five years old, and now for the first time sustains this relation. (T.S.R. 62. 2 P.M. 96. S.S. 82.) June 17. Sabbath. Grandpa was here, and seemed so unwell, that I did not attend church, but remained at home to wait upon him. Mr. Guernsey preached. (T.S.R. 62. 2 P.M. 92. S.S. 70.) June 18. Monday. I started out to visit the school this afternoon and just us I arrived near Mr. Wm Smith's, I overtook Mother going to the same place. We had no previous understanding to go together, and thought it quite singular we should meet so. We visited the school and were well pleased, and met Lizzie Staples there. She is visiting at Mr. Simpson's She is a short, chubby girl of six teen. Mother and John were here to tea, also Geo. Locke. (T.S.R. 53. 2 P.M. 82. S.S. 66.) June 19. Tuesday. Willard is today seven months old and weighs seventeen and one-half pounds. He is the fourth in size - the smallest of the boys, but larger than either of the girls. He has no hair at all. His head seems to be as smooth as any part of his body He is a quite babe, holds play things and amuses himself on the bed. He has very bright blue eyes, but no teeth as yet. (T.S.R. 52. 2 P.M. 82. S.S. 67.) June 20. Wednesday. (T.S.R. 54. 2 P.M. 86. S.S. 77.) June 21. Thursday. Father is today fifty one years old. He and Mother Hannah, Clara and Johnny have been here, also Rev. Mr. Curry and Lizzie, Geo. Locke and Susie and Miss White. Josiah closed his school here today. The examination passed off well. (T.S.R. 55. 2 P.M. 80. S.S. 69.) June 22. Friday. Remarkably cold weather for this season. (T.S.R. 55. 2 P.M. 75. S.S. 59.) June 23. Saturday. (T.S.R. 50. 2 P.M. 75. S.S. 59.) June 24. Sabbath. I have not been very well today and Grandpa Locks is feeble. I have not been to S. school. Mr. Robbins youngest son, about four years old, fell into the well near the house tonight, and was taken out dead. A severe bruise on his head would indicate that he was killed by hitting it against the wall of the well, before he struck the water. There was no curt around the well. His mother was absent and arrived home just as they were taking him out. Who can describe her feelings? (T.S.R. 49. 2 P.M. 80. S.S. 65.) June 25. Monday. Nellie Putnam made me a short call. Grandpa Locks has given up work on account of his health and keeps his bed all the time. He is so hoarse he cannot speak a loud word, He seems to have lost his voice. He has no appetite and wastes away. (T.S.R. 50. 2 P.M. 90. S.S. 75.) June 26. Tuesday. Mr. Hoxie's baby died this morn aged two months. It never seemed to thrive. I went there

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January 1866

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